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Injury: Shoulder surgery to repair torn labrum
FantasyPros.com Consensus Ranking: No. 24 overall, No. 14 running back
Doug Martin's shoulder surgery would be problematic for his profession if he were a pitcher in baseball or even an NFL quarterback. As a running back, he should be just fine after being cleared to participate in OTAs, as he tweeted in late May.
While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Charlie Sims in the third round and new head coach Lovie Smith has hinted toward a rotation of their backs, Martin is still going to be a workhorse. Smith told the Tampa Times Greg Auman:
What I've said is I like Doug a lot. Doug's a good football player. Everywhere I've ever been, if you look at my history, our history, we've played more than one running back. We had a great running back in Thomas Jones, and we drafted Cedric Benson and played them both. One running back just can't make it through the season.
Smith also told Auman the talk about limiting Martin's role this coming season has been overblown.
That chatter, that's that baseball chatter before a guy gets to bat: 'Hey, batter, batter, swing' stuff. Don't pay any attention to that. Doug's a good football player. He knows that. You don't see Doug complaining. He knows what our plans are for him.
Martin won't repeat his surprising success of his rookie season, but it won't be because he is limited by injury or a running-back rotation. Heck, the threat of backs taking touches from Martin stands to make him a great value if he slips into the second round in drafts.
Projections: 1,100 rushing yards and 50 receptions for 450 yards, with 10 combined touchdowns